International butchers meet in Ireland
Published:  28 June, 2007

The presidency of the International Butchers Confederation (IBC) will hold its first ever meeting in Ireland today (28 June) at the premises of Bord Bia.

A reception will take place at 17.30 in the Food Centre to mark the event and honour the delegation with a presentation to the president of the IBC.

There will be a second presentation to Seamus Kenny, secretary to Bord Bia who played a seminal role in the formation of Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) in 1998/9 and who retires in August.

ACBI is the Irish member of IBC and ACBI chief executive Pat Brady is one of its two vice-presidents.

Today the IBC represents 16 associations from the countries of the EU and EFTA with a total of more than 150,000 craft butcher businesses, which together employ nearly one million people.

It is the largest component of the European artisan food sector and the total turnover of the sector amounts to in excess of 60b euro per year.